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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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Medekšaitė, Egidija: Mālakosha 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Mālakosha
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    12
  • Year of composition: 
    2018
  • First performance (year): 
    2018
  • First performance (venue): 
    Le Senghor, Centre Culturel d’Etterbeek, Brussels
  • First performance (performers): 
    Ensemble 21, conductor Marc Collect
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    The structure of Mālakosha is based on a repetitive textile weave which, on each repetition, is proportionally augmented until it is 24 measures long. Melodic patterns and change within these patterns also follow the structure of the weaving pattern. The work takes its title from the pentatonic Indian raga on which the harmony and tonal range of the music is based. Each section expands by adding more notes to the repetitive melodic patterns. Over the course of the work the role of the "noisy" patterns develops: initially they are in the background and then gradually become part of a louder soundscape.

    The work was commissioned by the music festival "Ars Musica" (Belgium) and premiered on 29 November in 2018 in Brussels by Ensemble 21, conducted by Marc Collet. The work is dedicated to Ensemble 21.

    Author's note

  • Technical specs: 

    Besides their instruments, all performers have to use electric toothbrushes in the performance (not for theatrical, but for sonic effect). If the piece will be selected, they will be provided by the composer.
    ***
    It is not possible to indicate it in instrumentation here, but alto saxophone doubles baritone.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
8
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
C
Clarinet
1
Bass
Saxophone
1
Alto
Trombone
1
Tenor
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
1
Bass Drum
Keyboard
1
Piano
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
1
Double Bass
1
4-string

 

 

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